"Been Down" as written by and Justin S. Furstenfeld Glen Ballard....
I dreamt you seduced me just to walk away
I dreamt you inspired then rewired what I say
I dreamt you spread your bottom wings and pulled me to the bed
But the I woke up feel nauseous
You danced around my head
Tell me

How long, how long have I been down
How long, how long have I been down
How long, how long have I been down
Down
Down

I dreamt you burned my fingers
Yes an automatic sting
I dreamt you called me beautiful then asked to hear me sing
I dreamt your scent invited me to crawl within your space
But then I woke up feeling nauseous
Girl, you danced around my face
Tell me

How long, how long have I been down
How long, how long have I been down
How long, how long have I been down
Down
Down

Why can't we work, when we both try
We try, we try, we try, we try
Why can't this work, when we've both tried
Why can't it work, when we both try
We try, we try, we try
God how we've tried
And how we tried

I mean to sympathize
I mean to be a friend
I know apologizing won't erase the end
But I've learned that moving on is where I must begin
Cause when our colors mixed
We couldn't fix the way the wouldn't blend
So tell me

How long, how long have I been down
How long, how long have I been down
How long, how long have I been down
Down
Down

And I wish that only greatness follow you around
I hope to god you find a way to keep from down
And when you do I hope you share it all with me
Please try to understand
Yeah to understand, me
Just try to understand me
Yeah understand me

How long, how long have we been down
Down
Down


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"Been Down" as written by Justin S Furstenfeld

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    General CommentFrom Justin Himself:


    "This was written quite awhile ago. This was actually Ryan's favorite song awhile back, way back when. We were recording in San Marcos in like '98, '99. It's just a story of two people who can't seem to get it write, even though they love...or obsess...over each other. Or infatuation. There's a difference between all three of those. And there's lust. Mmmm...ah, lust is amazing. But it's about wanting to love someone, wanting to be with them so bad, wanting to make it work so bad, but the more you make it work, the more you beat your head against the wall, so you wish em well. That's all you can do, wish em well, and you go the other way. I know everybody's been in this situation before. And you didn't wanna hurt them, cause you still love them, but you just don't get along ... it's like oil and water, trying to mix. And then oil decides to write a song about it. That's it. Been Down's about a relationship that's so important to two people yet they can't get it right. It's like saying "I hate you - don't leave me!"


    For some reason, it reminds me of my current relationship
    Stolensoulon March 25, 2009   Link
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    General Commenti just luv this song!.. thanks for the extra information Stotensoul.
    Den558on May 03, 2009   Link
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    General Commenti just luv this song!.. thanks for the extra information Stotensoul.
    Den558on May 03, 2009   Link
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    General CommentWow, reading that again, after my previous relationship is over, it seems EXACTLY like my old relationship. We both cared for each other so much, but it was just lust. We hated most of what the other liked, but we tried to make it work, in the end she cheated on me, but alas, a lesson was learned. I love this song.
    Stolensoulon August 20, 2009   Link
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    My Interpretationto me, both partners in this relationship are individually struggling.

    cleche idium: "you cannot love another until you love yourself"

    i belive that this is what justin is reacting too. both people are dealing with depression or some ultimate saddness and want to be in love because they believe that this other person can make them happy, can lift them up (how long have we been down?) to a happy sort of normal. with this come the disappointment when each is proven wrong through unfaltering dispair.
    lover4everon June 21, 2010   Link
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    General Comment*believe *to
    lover4everon June 21, 2010   Link
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    General CommentJustin is a genius.

    "..when our colors mixed we couldn't fix the way they wouldn't blend.."
    ireenieon September 06, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI am going thru this now with a special woman who is not my wife. Our struggle is not unusual. She is perhaps a soul mate, but I am not sure if I am in love or in love with the concept of being in love. I fear this is going to end badly for everyone....but its like a train wreck you can't turn away from watching.
    RobertKincaid71on November 12, 2010   Link
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    Song Meaning*DISCLAIMER* I have just obtained a copy of Justin Furstenfeld's book Crazy Making. It's not very detailed, but it contains all the lyrics to all current (The Answers - Approaching Normal) Blue October songs, and his inspiration behind them. As I said, it's not very detailed, but it's his words on every Blue October song that is in the book. I know everyone interprets a song differently from everyone else, but having the original intent behind the song will be helpful to people who don't fully understand a song. Also, any grammatical errors are not made by me, I'm putting down Justin's words exactly how he writes them. So yea... enjoy :)

    Been Down: "The oldest song on Approaching. Two very sad people trying to make a happy life together. Oil and water. As much as they try... they just don't mix. The last paragraph means the most"
    marquptonon June 04, 2011   Link

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